No. 1 Valdosta State held off a big comeback from No. 20 West Florida in Week 10 to pick up its 13th-straight win at home. That leaves the Blazers tied with Tarleton State and Lenoir-Rhyne for the longest current home winning streak in DII football season.
Earlier this season, Southern Arkansas and Colorado State-Pueblo both picked up losses snapping what was then the longest streaks at 17 and 15 respectively, and put Indiana (Pa)'s all-time record of 31-straight home wins safely out of reach for a bit longer.
Here's a look at the longest home winning streak in DII football history, the current leaders, and some impressive road warriors as well.
DII football home winning streaks: Indiana (Pa)'s record run
Southern Arkansas — which picked up its 17th consecutive home victory in Week 2 narrowly escaping Oklahoma Baptist 30-28 — was shut down by Harding 31-0 in Week 3. Interestingly enough, Harding was the last team the Muleriders lost to at home before the streak began. CSU-Pueblo lost its home opener in a top 20 showdown against Colorado School of Mines, 34-14 ending the Thunderwolves 15-game run at the ThunderBowl.
The Crimson Hawks record is now out of reach for quite a few seasons to come.
IUP racked up 31-consecutive home wins beginning on Nov. 22, 1986, against West Chester as hosts of the PSAC Championship game. It lasted a DII record six more seasons until Oct. 17, 1992. The Hawks nearly kept the streak alive, losing 35-33 to Towson on Halloween two weeks later. Eerily enough, Towson also happened to be the team that IUP lost to the week prior to the start of the historic win-streak.
DII football home winning streaks: The longest current home runs
Tarleton State, with a commanding 66-7 victory at Memorial Stadium in Week 9, extended its streak at home to 13. Lenoir-Rhyne won a big top 25 battle against Wingate in Hickory, North Carolina in Week 9 and closed out its home schedule in Week 10 with a win, tying the Bears with Tarleton at 13-straight home wins.
Valdosta State closed out its 2019 regular-season home slate perfect with that big top 20 win over West Florida, putting them at 13 straight as well. Ferris State is right behind the pack with its 12th home victory in the Anchor-Bone Classic in Week 10.
DII football road warriors: Top 3 longest road winning streaks
What about the road warriors of DII football? Minnesota State, who has won 34-straight conference games, sits atop the pack with 18 consecutive road wins after a big Super Region victory over Sioux Falls. Ferris State and Kutztown also improved their winning streaks in Week 9, with the Golden Bears locking up the PSAC East with a win at West Chester.
- Minnesota State — 18
- Ferris State — 16
- Kutztown — 14